The Brisbane central business district (CBD), colloquially referred to as “the city”, lies on the original European settlement and lies on the curve of the Brisbane River. It is bordered to the north-east by Fortitude Valley and to west by Petrie Terrace.
The CBD is dotted with plenty of skyscrapers and other buildings, combined with numerous parks. The SGIO building (now called Suncorp Plaza) and AMP Place are some of the first skyscrapers constructed in the area.
There has been a significant increase in the number of apartment buildings constructed in the CBD over the past few decades. It is home to many of the tallest buildings in the country, including Soleil, Aurora Tower and Riparian Plaza.
The city has many precincts. The various court buildings around the intersections of George Street, Adelaide Street and Anne Street are mainly the legal precinct. A retail precinct exists in the areas around the Queen Street Mall and Adelaide Street. The government precinct is focused on the Executive Building that consists of several Queensland Government offices.
LEISURE AND SHOPPING
There are many parks that are scattered throughout the city. Roma Street Parklands covers 16 hectares and features various themed gardens and recreational areas, along with pathways and boardwalks. Located on Alice Street, the heritage-listed City Botanic Gardens (previously named Brisbane Botanic Gardens) is located on Gardens Point. Covering 20 hectares, it offers a variety of rare of strange plant species, as well as a collection of palms, cycads, figs and bamboos. Wickham Park, located in Spring Hill, is home to a number of heritage-listed sites, including The Old Windmill, Spring Hill Reservoir and Wickham Park Air Raid Shelters.